Barbara Meyn’s The Abalone Heart is a collection that adheres to a premise Henry David Thoreau held: poems arise from the very ground the poet stands on. And indeed, Meyn’s works stem directly from what’s at hand in the locale of her northern California home. “The importance of the place where she walks is not in her footprints, which are very much like anyone else’s,” writes D.L. Emblen in the book's introduction; “it is in the genuineness of the work that comes out of the place, a genuineness which grows out of the care with which this poet takes in this place.” Meyn’s eye detects the small brilliances of the living world around her, mending the often-ignored glimmers into a form of her own in which discovered connections make the real things significant.
Meyn, Barbara, "The Abalone Heart" (1988). Ahsahta Press. 41.